Although born in Jefferson County in 1823, Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb is considered one of Athens’ “First Citizens.” Lawyer, author, educator, politician, military leader, defender and promoter of Southern Nationalism, Tom Cobb contributed much to the history of Athens, to Georgia, and to the South during a brief career in the mid-1800s.
With the return of the T.R.R. Cobb House from Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the restoration and construction complete, Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc.’s T.R.R. Cobb House is poised to serve a unique educational purpose for Athens and the surrounding region as a museum and resource center illuminating the life, character, and accomplishments of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, as well as aiding those interested in the history of the South during the 19th century. Tom Cobb’s legacy and a vestige of our Southern History lives on in the T.R.R. Cobb House in Athens, Georgia.